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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Top 10 ways to make the most of your Canada Day long weekend

Loads of live music from country to trap, plus fireworks, all-you-can-eat ribs and more!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Samantha Power belts out country style tunes for Canada Day (see #5). - SOLANGE RICHER DE LAFLECHE
  • Samantha Power belts out country style tunes for Canada Day (see #5).
  • Solange Richer de Lafleche

10. Film Screening › Shrek. Saturday, July 2. Who's better, Shrek or Donkey? Decide for yourself at this dusk screening of the film! Part of the Animated City Outdoor Film Fest, you'll have the chance to catch this beloved animated flick at Pondside Amphitheatre, Hector Gate, Dartmouth.

9. Food & Drink › Ribfest Halifax. June 30- July 3. Bring your appetite to this giant outdoor barbecue on the Halifax waterfront. Offering ribs, local beer and live music it's bound to be a party. There will even be award-winning "ribbers" (AKA rib chefs) from all over North America. Hungry yet?

8. Special Events › Canada Day Fireworks. Friday, July 1, 10pm. Is it really Canada day if you don't go to a fireworks show? We don't think so! If being part of a teeming, excited mass is your thing, head to Alderney Landing for 10pm's light show. Introverts can skip the crowd and go to Bedford's fireworks at DeWolfe Park at 10pm instead.

7. Visual Arts › Canadian Colour by Danny Abriel. To July 1. Candy-coloured spins on familiar Canadian landscapes (from British Colombian forests to Peggy's Cove) await at this patriotic art showing at Argyle Fine Art. Emerging artist Danny Abriel's acrylic works are on display for a short time only and are the perfect choice for those wanting to add some culture to their July 1 experience.

6. Live Music › The Carleton Canada Day Deck Party. Friday, July 1, 2-5pm. Former Much Music VJ and musicologist Kim Clark Champniss has been spinning hits since the 1980s. For Canada Day, he’s back at the turntables—this time for a free show on the Carleton’s patio, with a blend of ‘80s alternative, Motown and Ska for you to groove to. Get the party started early and see an iconic Canadian DJ work (er, spin!) his magic for a different way to get your dance on this long weekend.

Danny Abriel's colourful spin on Canadian Landscapes (see #7). - DANNY ABRIEL
  • Danny Abriel's colourful spin on Canadian Landscapes (see #7).
  • Danny Abriel

5. Live Music › East Coast Country Night: Samantha Power. Friday, July 1, 9pm. The smoky, blues-infused country sound of east coast crooner Samantha Power will be radiating from the Halifax waterfront this Canada Day, making a perfect way for music lovers to cap off some time exploring the area.

4. Visual Arts › The Carriage Room Photography Studio Thursday, June 30. Visit Dartmouth Heritage House's recreation of a 19th century Photographic Studio to learn how the art of photography has developed through the years. Peer into the past through the lenses of select antique cameras, and witness the process of creating wet-plate photographs.

3. Live Music › HFX Civic Events’ Canada Day Concert. Friday, July 1, 5pm. This free, outdoor show at Alderney Landing might just be the most talked-about event of the long weekend—and if you see the line-up, it’s little wonder why: Pop-rockers Dear Rouge and Born Ruffians share the stage with Montreal’s DJ Kid Koala before local R’n’B crooner (and Jazz Fest performer!) Reeny Smith shows off her pipes. The buzziest bit of all though? Vancouver indie darlings (and this week’s Coast cover stars) Yukon Blonde are headlining.

2. On Stage › BIPOCalypse Performance Festival. Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, 8pm. A mini theatre fest with works created and performed by queer, transgendered or two-spirited people who are black, Indigenous or people of colour, BIPOCalypse is an explosion of onstage diversity. With acts ranging from spoken word to theatre, the evening promises variety for it’s audience at The Bus Stop Theatre. The July 1 show is a safe space event exclusively for those who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour, while the second evening is open to all.

1. Live Music › Views from the 9 with Boi-1da Canada Day Bash. Friday, July 1, 10pm. Possibly Toronto’s most of-the-moment producer, Boi-1da is bringing his sound out east and bringing the party vibes for Canada’s birthday party! Watch him share the Marquee Ballroom stage with up-and-coming Halifax rapper Ben Francis.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Five unmissable events at Halifax Pride 2016

What we're most excited about for this year's Pride festival.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 7:07 AM

Halifax Pride is geared up for another year of rainbow-filled celebrating, announcing their full lineup for the 10-day fest. Here, we're rounding up the events we're marking on our calendars—but full event listings are available here.

DYLAN WHITE
  • Dylan White

Kate Bornstein presents Trans, Just for the Fun of It!
A nonbinary trans author, activist and performance artist, New York-based Kate Bernstein wants to widen the focus on talks about transgendered people. While there are very real difficulties not to be glossed over, Bornstien's lecture is meant to remind us of the "physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual joy that can be had by creating and living one's gender mindfully."
Halifax Central Library, 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 18, free

Proud Prana
This yoga set will help you work off last night's drinks—or get into a more spiritual space. No matter your motivation, this free event is a different way to get into the Pride spirit.
Garrison Grounds (5425 Sackville Street), 11am-12pm, Saturday, July 16, free

Interactive Mean Girls Screening
Wear pink, make your own burn book and relive your favourite scenes from this cult classic teen dramaedy! So fetch.
Cineplex Cinemas Oxford, 4:30-6:30pm, Thursday July 21, free

TimeOUT Lecture #3—With Pulp, Please: The Significance of Lesbian Pulp Fiction
Mount Saint Vincent University has an almost-unrivalled vault of lesbian pulp fiction, one of the biggest in North America! Join two of their librarians, Meg Raven and Denyse Rodrigues, for a virtual tour through the collection, complete with select readings by surprise speakers.
Halifax Central Library—Paul O'Regan Hall, 12-1pm, Wednesday July 20, free

Cosmic Drag Queen Bingo
Supporting Feed Nova Scotia, this isn't grandma's bingo night! With black lights, party tunes and some queens dressed in their finest, this old-fashioned game has clearly upgraded.
Halifax Forum Super Bingo Hall 2901 Windsor Street,9-11pm, Friday July 15

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

10 totally-on-fire weekend ideas.

We got your back with tea parties, star gazing, all-night hip-hop, a punk record release and more!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Colleen MacIssac takes the stage in The Blazing World, her climate change play aiming to make audiences take action (see number 2). - ASHLEY MARIE PIKE
  • Colleen MacIssac takes the stage in The Blazing World, her climate change play aiming to make audiences take action (see number 2).
  • Ashley Marie Pike

10. Food & Drink › Georgian Tea Party. Sat Jun 25, 2-4pm. Start practicing your British accent now: Scott's Manor House is inviting you for high tea, Georgian-style! Free teas, sandwiches and sweets are on offer with live entertainment. Complete the experience by checking out the art exhibit by students of Peggy-Lynn Holland.

9. Visual Arts › Great Women of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. To Jun 25, 9am-4:30pm. Curator Jo Napier’s compliation of portraits—primarily in pencil and watercolour forms—of women who changed the face of science, technology, engineering and math, come together to create a powerful exhibit. Lean about the often-forgotten women behind big innovations and how they shaped their respective fields.

8. Live Music › GRAN Fiesta Salsa & Flamenco Latin Party. Fri Jun 24, 8pm. Experience The Marquee Ballroom as it transforms into a steamy dance salon! Live flamenco performances followed by a salsa dance party will keep your hips swaying all night long.

7. Stages Theatre Festival › Drawing Your Own Conclusions. Sat Jun 25, 8pm. Take a wild ride of emotions through text, projection, dance and drawing during Véronique MacKenzie’s double bill of movement theatre! She Wakes Up Gasping, the evening's first piece, is a multimedia performance about the discovery of an eerie, old photograph that launches a journey into the surreal. Switching gears, the evening ends with a comedy: You, Me, and One Piece of Chalk is a bittersweet and witty social commentary.

6. Visual Arts › Anne Launcelott: STREET. Through June 30. Photographer Anne Launcelott returns to her methods of shooting travel fine art photography in black and white. The street images are candid, non-invasive and spontaneous.

Halifax punk-rockers Weekend Dads celebrate their latest EP (see number 1). - HEATHER GRANT
  • Halifax punk-rockers Weekend Dads celebrate their latest EP (see number 1).
  • Heather Grant

5. Literary › Left Bank Writers Meeting. Thu Jun 23, 6:30pm. The Left Bank writers are a collection of local poets and poetry enthusiasts who meet to share work and discuss the art of pairing words. Grab a cup of complimentary coffee and meet some fellow poetry lovers!

4. Outdoors › The Summer Sky 2016. Thu Jun 23, 7:15pm. Learn all about the stars dotting the summer sky and their constellations! See bright planets and maybe even make a wish.

3. Live Music › The Rap Turn Up w/Ghettosocks, Ok TK, Tachichi & Moves. Sat Jun 25, 10pm. A mix of old hip-hop favourites and new tracks from local MCs, this is a party you won't wanna miss!

2. Stages Theatre Festival › The Blazing World Workshop Production. Fri Jun 24, 8pm. Colleen MacIsaac reimagines Margaret Cavendish's 1666 epic science fiction tale The Blazing World to reflect the contemporary issue of climate change.

1. Live Music › Weekend Dads EP Release Party w/ Crossed Wires, Dyscontrol, Noise Policy. Fri Jun 24,10pm. Halifax pop-punks the Weekend Dads are celebrating their return from a European tour and the hometown release of their latest EP. Join them as they party all night with Crossed Wires, Dyscontrol and Noise Policy!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Daveband's first EP is a warm wave hello

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 4:56 PM

MORGAN MULLIN
  • Morgan Mullin

The members of Halifax’s Daveband are happy and don’t care who knows it. The four piece, who describe themselves as vintage, Buddy-Holly-era rock ’n’ roll, are smiling wide over cups of coffee in their favourite diner.

The band members have every reason to be beaming: While they sit, their debut, self-titled EP is at the printers getting emblazoned with the band’s logo before its release concert at Gus’ Pub on Tuesday, June 21 at 9pm.

The three-song effort is a brief introduction to the 11-month-old band, but instantly offers an idea of who they are through storytelling lyrics and upbeat melodies. Daveband's sound is “quick and propulsive, non-psychedelic sunshine-y pop,” says drummer Kevin MacIsaac, while the others laugh.

“It’s kinda earnest. There’s something very fun and approachable and friendly in a way that a lot of musicians shy away from,” adds lead guitarist Campbell Woods.

“A lot of my songs are about being in my 20s and working a job and being a dirtbag on the weekends in Halifax. I strive to write simple, honest, relatable songs,” says lead vocalist and guitarist David Archibald (and yes, he’s the “Dave” in Daveband).

Perhaps Woods sums the band's musical aim best: “It’s interesting to be super-specific. Maybe you’ll connect with less people but the people you do connect with completely identify with the situation you’re talking about. It’s to take something sort of mundane and weave in a profound underpinning.”

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Ten weekend plans that are better than Netflix

Step aside, TV remote! We've got food trucks, live reggae, roller derby and more.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Catch the documentary about Madonna's backup dancers re-adjusting to real life after her Truth or Dare tour. - STRIKE A POSE STILL VIA OUTEAST FILM FESTIVAL
  • Catch the documentary about Madonna's backup dancers re-adjusting to real life after her Truth or Dare tour.
  • Strike A Pose Still via OUTeast Film Festival

10. Outdoors › Garden Days Garden Party. Sat June 18, 9:30am-1:30pm. Join the Halifax Public Gardens as they celebrate Canada's Garden Days, a fest honouring the role of gardens in our communities and lives. Unroll your yoga mat at 9:30 for a chance at garden enlightenment, or stop by between 10:30 and 1:30 to learn the basics of plant growing. 

9. OUTeast Film Festival › MAJOR Screening. Thu June 16, 7:30 pm. MAJOR! tells the life story of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of colour for over 40 years. From protests in the 1960s to volunteer projects today, the tale of Griffin-Gracy's devotion to her cause celebrates those who never give up their beliefs. 

8. Fashion › Trend & Fashion Expo Sun, Jun 19, 11am-4pm Over a dozen fashion, cosmetics and hair exhibitors flaunt their wares and forecast trends. Up your style game!

7. Sports ›Anchor City Roller Derby. Sat Jun 18, 4pm. See the Halifax Harbour Grudges lace up their roller skates against the Shipyard Sirens at this edge-of-your-seat event.

6. Live Music ›Bourbon Coyote w/ Tribe Royal and Danielle Allard. Sat Jun 18, 10pm. Catch the haunting, heartfelt acoustic sounds of Halifax's Bourbon Coyote while they share the stage with fellow folk artists Tribe Royal and Danielle Allard. 

Sway to Bourbon Coyote's folky grooves! (See #6) - JOSH MCKENNA
  • Sway to Bourbon Coyote's folky grooves! (See #6)
  • Josh McKenna

5. Literary › Free Writing Workshop. Sat Jun 18, 2-4pm. Love writing? Want to improve your craft? Then be sure not to miss this free workshop with three-times-published Canadian poet Carole Langille. 

4. Live Music › Dub Kartel w/ Andru Branch & The Halfway Tree. Sat Jun 18,10pm. Get into the roots-reggae groove with these totally-danceable local favourites. JUNO-nominated Branch has recorded with Ziggy Marley’s backing band The Wailers and gained rave reviews at Jamaican reggae fests, meaning that you’ll be getting an authentic taste of Jamaican music without leaving the city. 

3. Food & Drink › Halifax Food Truck Party. Thu Jun 16, 4pm. The Coast knows great meals come on wheels, so we're serving up food truck parties all summer long. #GRAZE is the name of the game: There's lots of food so spend the night grazing on what the multiple trucks have to offer! Cash only. 

2. Stages Theatre Festival › Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar MaryThurs Jun 16, 2pm. LunaSea Theatre offers this staged reading of playwright Mary-Colin Chisholm's Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary. The play centres a pair of spinster sisters who intertwine fact and fantasy as they relay gossip, half-truths and blatant inventions to an unfortunate folklorist. 

1. OUTeast Film Festival ›Strike A Pose Screening. Fri, June 17, 9 p.m. Following the aftermath of Madonna's 1991 world tour documentary Truth or Dare, this doc tells the story of what happened to Madonna's six gay dancers after the tour ended and they were left behind.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach announce Halifax tour date

Show including Nikki Sixx's band rocks Scotiabank Centre September 28.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 2:17 PM

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  • Image via evenko

Hey metal heads, get caught up in the intensity! Hard rockin’ mega bands (and longtime friends) Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach recently announced a joint tour with a stop right here in Halifax.

Papa Roach, best remembered for the triple-platinum 2000 album Infest, are proving their intent to be in music for the long haul, touring their 2015 release F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise). With over 20 years of music-making to draw from, Roach fans are sure to hear a varied set list. Five Finger Death Punch diehards, meanwhile, will headbang to hits from the band’s latest album, Got Your Six, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 last fall.

These acts share the stage with alt-metal group Sixx:A.M.—rock legend Nikki Sixx’s modern-sounding side project—and post-hardcore band From Ashes to New. The show is happening September 28 at 6:45pm at the Scotiabank Centre, with tickets ranging from $58-$78. Tickets go on sale June 17th at 10am. Get them by phone (1-877-451-1221) or online here.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ten ways to upgrade your weekend

Indie films, belly dancing and Asian art are just some of the things in store.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 4:11 PM

Saint Mary's University Art Gallery's new collection—inspired by the Arab Spring—features works like this one by Jamelie Hassan (See number 4). Image provided by the artist. - JAMELIE HASSAN
  • Saint Mary's University Art Gallery's new collection—inspired by the Arab Spring—features works like this one by Jamelie Hassan (See number 4). Image provided by the artist.
  • Jamelie Hassan

10. Literature › Unusual Tales of Unusual Gifts. Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm. Storytellers Circle of Halifax presents an evening with featured storyteller Liz Newkirk followed by an open mic for storytellers in attendance. >>

9. Live Music › Banjo Dan Walsh In Concert. Sunday, June 12, 2pm. Experience the music of UK Banjo sensation Dan Walsh at this intimate concert. Sitting around a coffee table together, guests at this home concert will truly get to know Walsh and his work, connecting through song in a relaxed setting. >>

8. Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival ›Atlantic Auteurs #2. Thursday, June 9, 7pm. Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival's second instalment of short works, Atlantic Auteurs #2 offers a variety of pieces for many tastes. From a stop-motion short on surveillance society to a piece on about mould growth, this collection pushes artistic boundaries. >>

7. Lecture › CaNOE Ocean Literacy Keynote. Thursday, June 9, 5-9:30pm. Tired of all the doom and gloom surrounding environmental discussions? This Ocean's Week event offers a ray of hope. Join speaker Dr. Elin Kelsey, educator, researcher and award-winning author, as she discusses what's new in ocean conservation—and all we have to be optimistic for. >>

6. Dance › April Rose. Friday, June 10, 8pm. See the slithering, sultry moves of world-famous belly dancer April Rose as she shares the stage with a fabulous selection of local dance stars. Shake your hips and get lost in the groove! >>

Catch Alert The Medic! as part of the lineup at Garrison's Backlot Bash! (See number 1). - ALERT THE MEDIC
  • Catch Alert The Medic! as part of the lineup at Garrison's Backlot Bash! (See number 1).
  • Alert the Medic

5. Theatre › Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel. Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 at 7:30 pm. 2b theatre company premieres Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel, recreating the famous ceiling in Paul O'Regan Hall. The play explores artificial intelligence, suppressed desires and an unlikely encounter between an alcoholic genius and Freud. >>

4. Visual Arts › Disoriented: New Works from the Permanent Collection. Friday, June 10, 8pm. Showing until July 31. Marking the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring, this opening shows a collection of recently-acquired permanent pieces centred on themes of Asian cultures and identity. Rejecting the West's long history of romanizing eastern cultures as the exotic orient, this exhibit allows the voices of diverse Asian and Middle Eastern artists to be heard. >>

3. Health & Wellness › Barefoot Ecstatic Dance. Saturday, June 11, 7:30-10pm. Get your zen on at this evening of moving meditation! The perfect way to add a dose of relaxation to your weekend, this event is all ages. Please refrain from wearing scents. >>

2. Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival › Don't Blink: Robert Frank | Laura Israel. Friday, June 10, 7pm. Laura Israel's documentary of her longtime friend and collaborator Robert Frank tells the story of this reclusive artist. Recently described by the New York Times as “the world’s greatest living photographer,” Frank is a part-time Nova Scotian who's worked with big names such as the Rolling Stones. >>

1. Live Music › Garrison Brewing's Backlot Bash. Saturday, June 11, 5pm. Garrison Brewing once again kicks off the summer concert season by throwing an epic party behind their expanded Seaport brewery. The 2nd annual Backlot Bash! takes place June 11th featuring Canadian alt-rock sensations July Talk, Multi-ECMA nominated Alert the Medic, and local faves Three Sheet and The Brood. The event is in support of the Ecology Action Centre. >>

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chantal Kreviazuk returns with Hard Sail album and tour.

The singer-songwriter launches first national tour in six years on November 21.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

IMAGE VIA CHANTAL KREVIAZUK
  • Image via Chantal Kreviazuk
For the past six years, Chantal Kreviazuk took a break from her role as one of Canada’s foremost singer-songwriters. Instead, she was busy penning hits for the likes of Drake and Carrie Underwood—all while raising her three sons and getting lost in the joys of motherhood that she says bring new authenticity into her life.

This week, Kreviazuk announces her return with an upcoming album, Hard Sail, and a slew of cross-country tour dates, including a stop in Halifax this November.

With multiple JUNO nods and a discography dating back to the mid-nineties, chances are you’ve hummed along to Kreviazuk’s airy, folk-pop melodies on the radio. With Hard Sail hitting shelves June 17, you’re sure to get re-acquainted with Kreviazuk’s emotive voice and personal lyrics.

Her Halifax show, November 21 at Dalhousie’s Rebecca Cohn auditorium, promises to be the perfect reunion for Kreviazuk and her fans- and the chance for you to get carried away on her rolling waves of heartfelt sound.

Tickets are $44.25 and include a digital download of the album. They go on sale June 10 at 12pm and are available by phone at (902) 494-3820 and online here.

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Sloan brings One Chord To Another home Oct 7

Breakthrough Halifax band taking album on 20th anniversary tour.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 1:12 PM

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  • Image Via Sonic Concerts

Halifax-born pop rock band Sloan has made a long career mixing punk-tinged vocals, sharp guitar lines and frothy, light melodies. With over 25 years in the music game, it feels safe to say they cinched Canadian Icon status long ago.

If remembering that long ago makes you feel nostalgic, you’re not alone. It seems Sloan has been in the reminiscing mood lately, as they recently announced their plans to celebrate their third studio album, One Chord To Another, turning 20 this year.

The group released a flurry of tour dates earlier this week, saying they’ll be touring OCTA just like it’s 1996 again, when Sloan was the biggest act in the "next Seattle" Halifax scene. And, with Halifax’s addition to the list for a Friday, October 7 show, you’ll have your first chance in over a year to see the now Toronto-based musicians rock a hometown stage at The Marquee Ballroom this October.

Tickets are $27.99 in advance and go on sale at 10am this Friday, June 10. Get yours at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor St) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen St) or online here.

Here's a clip of "The Lines You Amend" Sloan has re-released for the tour.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

The five doors we're knocking on for Halifax's Doors Open Fest

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 3:52 PM

Ever wonder what it’s like inside the Citadel clock tower? Do the tall buildings downtown capture your curiosity during your daily commute? And what’s it like to be an architect, anyway?
IMAGE VIA DOORS OPEN HALIFAX.
  • Image via Doors Open Halifax.

You’ll finally get a chance to satisfy your imagination and answer questions like these with Doors Open Halifax, a two day event running June 4th and 5th from 10 am to 4 pm. Allowing a glimpse inside some of the city’s most interesting (and private) buildings, it’s something not to miss.

Get to know your city better by exploring some Halifax’s most notable structures! Not sure where to start? Below, we’ve picked out the five buildings we’re most excited to tour:

5. Halifax Shambhala Meditation Centre

Tucked in Halifax’s sleepy south end is this centre for finding your inner zen. No matter if you’re on the path to enlightenment or just looking to de-stress, you’ll learn lots at this free tour. Location: 1084 Tower Road

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4. Icon Bay

Exploring Icon Bay, an all-glass high rise building, is like taking a walk into one vision of Halifax’s future. See an example of the city’s new architectural boom from the inside on this free tour, and enjoy beautiful views of the Bedford Basin. Location: 50 Bedford Highway

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3. Grace United Church This Dartmouth church has a rich history- including surviving three explosions! A piece of the original foundation, dating to the 1800s, is still visible, and grand arching windows offer examples of stained glass art to enjoy. Free tours will be offered on the hour for all Doors Open guests. Location: 70 King Street

2. Dalhousie University School of Architecture

Take a peek inside the School of Architcture’s studio spaces and learn about a day in the life of an architect. Rarely open to the public, this free tour gives an interesting overview of what it’s really like to add pieces to a city skyline. Location: 5410 Spring Garden Road

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  • All Images via Doors Open Halifax

1. Old Town Clock Get a different view of the historic Citadel Park by climbing inside it’s famous clock tower! For the first time in decades, the public will be allowed a glimpse into where the original Clock-smith and his family lived inside this Halifax landmark. Don’t forget to take a selfie! Location: Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Top 12 ways to rock the weekend

Queer comedy, Oceans Week, superhero art and more!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Catch Walrus' EP release party on Saturday night (see number 1). - KATE GIFFIN
  • Catch Walrus' EP release party on Saturday night (see number 1). 
  • Kate Giffin

12. Green/Environmental › Halifax Seed Celebrates 150 Years. Friday, June 3-Saturday June 4.
Halifax Seed celebrates 150 years in business with a two-day birthday party full of workshops, demos, snacks and cake.

11. Summer Festivals › 10th Annual Lebanese Cedar Festival. Thursday, June 2-Sunday, June 5.
The Lebanese Cedar Festival is four full days of Lebanese food, music, church tours, cultural performances and fun family activities! The menu is stacked and the Beirut Cafe will be serving up traditional coffee and sweets. 

10. Lecture › We’re Not All In This Together: An Intro to Anti-Blackness in Queer Communities. Sunday, June 5, 5:30pm. 
Naomi Martey facilitates this workshop designed to confront and challenge anti-blackness in queer spaces and identities through examining culture, labour, bodies and discomfort. 

9. Visual Art › Biff! Pow! Art! Thursday, June 2-Tuesday, June 7.
Holy art, Batman! The Dart Gallery continues its series of pop culture-inspired exhibitions, this time with an homage to the classic Batman television show.

8. Live Music › Phoenix Community Choir: The Best Of The Best. Saturday, June 4, 7pm.
The Phoenix Community Choir celebrates five years of community performances and storytelling with a performance of their 30 all-time favourite songs, from reggae to rap to The Beatles. 

7. Summer Festival › 100in1Day. Saturday, June 4.
100in1Day is one of those sweet events that make the city a little more fun to live in. Hundreds of people unite to spruce up the city with "interventions" like art installations, neighbourhood cleanups, street painting, pop-up parks and other small, citizen-led projects. 

6. Film Screening › Canadian Ninja Movie Screening Spectacular. Friday, June 3rd, 7 and 9:30pm.
Definitely not an average action film, Canadian Ninja follows a disgraced kick boxer's antics-filled rise to heroism. Released to a sold-out screening at the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival, the flick tells the story of Buck North facing off against an army of genetically-modified super ninjas aiming to conquer Canada. Check out one of it's two screenings on Friday and celebrate the DVD release/digital launch of the film while you're there. A surprise-filled after party–with filmmaker Tim Tracy in attendance–is slated for after the 9:30pm showing.

5. Oceans Week › Ocean Yoga at the Park. Sunday, June 5, 4:30-5:30pm. 
The Halifax Yoga Collective invites you to unroll your mat near the Sailor's Memorial at Point Pleasant Park to celebrate #OceansWeekHFX. Beginners welcome. 

4. Bike Week › Switch Dartmouth. Sunday, June 5, 12-4pm. 
Switch Dartmouth is hosting its fifth Open Street Sunday event, when two kilometres of Dartmouth roads become public spaces for leisure and recreation. The perfect impromptu space to ride a bike or a read a book!  

3. Lecture › Creating Affirming Fat Culture for Ourselves and Each Other. Thursday, June 2, 6:30pm. 
Artist/writer/educator Julie Hollenbach's workshop will focus on how fatness is portrayed in the media and how to deal with fat-phobia in our own lives. A discussion format allows all attendees who wish to the chance to share their own ideas on body image and inclusion. 

2. Comedy › Queer Acts Comedy Night: Bedtime Tales Edition. Friday, June 3, 8:30pm.
Local comics and storytellers air their dirty laundry–sheets, specifically–with down and dirty sleepover secrets before the lineup announcement for this year's Queer Acts Theatre Festival. Performances by Megan McDowell, Bill Wood, Erin Mckay, Adam Myatt and Nolan Natasha.  

1. Live Music › Walrus EP Release. Saturday, June 4, 9pm.
Catch the psychedelic pop-rock fusion of local band Walrus at their first hometown show of 2016 as they celebrate the release their EP. Johnny De Coutcy, Painted Fruit, Special Costello, DJ Chelsea Grammar share the stage and keep the party going.

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  • Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall feat. Harolyn Blackwell @ St. George's Round Church

    • Sat., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. $37.50
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Vol 27, No 21
October 17, 2019

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